BIRCH BAY WATERSHED & AQUATIC RESOURCES MANAGEMENT DISTRICT

The Birch Bay Watershed and Aquatic Resources Management (BBWARM) District was created in response to community concerns about water quality, flooding, and loss of aquatic habitat in the Birch Bay Watershed. BBWARM’s stormwater program focuses on protecting water quality and reducing stormwater impacts. Explore our website to learn more about what BBWARM is doing and how you can get involved.

UPCOMING MEETINGS

Advisory Committee Meeting:

The next meeting of the BBWARM Advisory Committee will be held via Zoom on January 19th from 6-8pm. Special topics for this meeting include the Semiahmoo Drive Stormwater Improvements Project public meeting and a presentation about our 2021 Landowner Stewardship Program accomplishments. The general public is invited to join us, and a public comment period will be held at the beginning of the meeting. You can find the 2022 meeting schedule, documents, and Zoom link on the BBWARM Advisory Committee page.

NEWS & EVENTS

*Click here for a full list of past events.

Share Your Flood Damage Photos of Public Infrastructure

Do you have flood damage photos of public infrastructure like roads, bridges, culverts, etc.? Would you be willing to share them with Whatcom County Public Works? Please email your photos with a description to MO@whatcomcounty.us.

We will use them to show the public areas to avoid on our electronic notifications and to share the extent of damage with elected officials, FEMA, and other disaster response agencies and support organizations. Our crews continue to work around the clock not just on the flood response, but also sanding frosty roads this morning. We haven't had a lot of time to take photos while we have been busy with our response efforts, and your support via photos of public infrastructure is appreciated, thank you!

Watershed Watchers Kits Available Now!

The Birch Bay Watershed Watchers are excited to announce that kits are now available to check out at the Birch Bay Visitor Information Center! Do you know a street, park, or portion of beach that could use a little extra love? If so, we want to hear from you! It's the wet season, so we are looking for individuals, community groups, and businesses to adopt portions of the community and commit to keep them free of garbage, debris and other contaminants. The kits are supplied with lawn signs, safety vests, trash pickers, garbage bags, gloves, and storm drain markers. For more information, please contact Kendall Burke via email: KEBurke@co.whatcom.wa.us or call 360-778-6298.

Terrell Creek Work Party - Thank You Volunteers!

Despite the wind and rain, volunteers planted 79 native plants to restore habitat along Terrell Creek on Saturday, November 6th. These native plants will help keep the creek water cold, clean, and clear for chum and coho salmon.


Interested in volunteering? Visit the NSEA and Whatcom Conservation District websites to see upcoming volunteer opportunities.

Farmer Spotlight: Elf Sanctuary

With the help of the Whatcom Conservation District, BBWARM supports clean water and healthy habitat with local farmers, like Elf Sanctuary. Learn more about Elf Sanctuary’s story and what you can do to make a difference by visiting the Whatcom Conservation District’s website.

Drayton Harbor Shellebration

Join your community to celebrate shellfish harvesting in Drayton Harbor on Saturday, December 4th from 4:30 - 7pm at Blaine’s Holiday Harbor Lights. Stop by H Street Plaza in downtown Blaine for refreshments and oyster samples courtesy of the Drayton Harbor Oyster Company. For more information on Shellebration, visit Whatcom County’s Facebook page.

Help Wanted: Water Quality Sampling Volunteer

We are looking for a volunteer in Birch Bay Village to collect water samples for fecal coliform bacteria monitoring once a month. Training and equipment will be provided. Sample collection dates are scheduled in coordination with sample collection in other parts of the Birch Bay watershed. This varies according to tide and other sampling needs, but usually occurs during low tide and takes approximately one hour. The sampling date is not flexible, but will be communicated at the beginning of each month.


If you are interested or would like more information, please contact Kendall Burke at keburke@co.whatcom.wa.us.